Voeckler to debut in Tour Down Under

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Thomas Voeckler will open his season at the Santos Tour Down Under (Getty)

French star Thomas Voeckler will race the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time when his Europcar team debuts in Australia's leading cycling event in January.

Race director Mike Turtur said Voeckler's climbing abilities make him well suited to the 2014 route in and around Adelaide.

"Having worn the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on two occasions and finishing fourth in 2011, Voeckler is an icon of the sport," said Turtur.

Europcar's team also includes German Bjorn Thurau, who won the mountains classification at the 2013 Tour de Luxembourg, and former Japanese road race champion Yukiya Arashiro.

The six-stage UCI World Tour event takes place in South Australia from January 19-26.

Europcar for the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under
Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
Perrig Quemeneur (FRA)
Kévin Reza (FRA)
Jérome Cousin (FRA)
Angélo Tulik (FRA)
Yukiya Arashiro (JPN)
Bjorn Thurau (GER) 

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